We’ve all seen it: the RV stranded on the side of the highway due to a tire blowout. If you’re going to be driving an RV, you’re going to want to know exactly what to do in the event of a blowout, as it truly can be a life or death situation. Since many RVers are summertime-only drivers, hot highways and overloaded mileage can really do some damage to RV tires. This week, we’re going to show you exactly what to do in the event of a blowout while driving and give a couple tips on avoiding blowouts in the first place. Read on!
Avoid a Blowout in the First Place
It may seem obvious, but we need to inspect our RV tires regularly. First, check the tread by taking a quarter and placing it head-down into several tire grooves. If they don’t reach Washington’s head, it’s probably time for new tires.
You’ll also want to be aware of the two main reasons for blowout: overloading the vehicle and over-inflating the tire. Keep tabs on your weight by staying within the recommended limits and pack everything evenly so one side is not taking too much weight. As with any vehicle, be sure to educate yourself on proper tire inflation and maintain the proper pressure at all times.
If You Do Have a Blowout While Driving
There’s no worse feeling than hearing that “thump” under your rig while driving down the highway. Should it happen, what do you do? Slam on the brakes and pull over? Slow down until you can find an exit? Believe it or not, the safest thing to do when you have a blowout is to speed up and find a safe parking spot. This can literally save your life.
While it seems counterintuitive at first, it makes sense. When you blow a tire, there is a sideways force created that wants to pull your rig off the road. If you’re travelling slowly, those forces pull even harder to one side. It’s the same as driving through high crosswinds: you want to accelerate and drive in a straight line until you can stop.
Here’s a video that demonstrates how all this works:
Obviously blowing out a tire is no fun, but if you know what to do you can stay safe and be back on the road in no time. As always feel free to visit us at MidwestOutdoorResorts.com or call (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to help plan your next adventure today. Happy exploring!